Best Lawyers for Railroad Law in America

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Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Railroad Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Railroad Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Lafayette, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Railroad Law Education Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Huntington, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Railroad Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Practice Areas:
    Railroad Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Railroad Law Employment Law - Management Commercial Litigation Litigation - Labor and Employment
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Kansas City, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Railroad Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Railroad Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Railroad Law
Lawyer
Thomas Louis "Louis" Colletta , Jr. was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Thomas Louis "Louis" Colletta , Jr.

Thomas Louis Colleta, Jr.
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Railroad Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Railroad Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law Railroad Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Lexington, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Railroad Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Railroad Law Transportation Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Lafayette, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Railroad Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Lafayette, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Railroad Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Columbus, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Railroad Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Litigation - Health Care Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Railroad Law Insurance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Railroad Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Scranton, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Claimants Railroad Law Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Employment Law - Management Railroad Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Transportation Law Railroad Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    St. Louis, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Railroad Law Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Charlottesville, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Railroad Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Real Estate Railroad Law Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Railroad Law Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Kansas City, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Railroad Law Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Saint Simons Island, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Railroad Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Saint Simons Island, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Railroad Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1997
  • Location:
    St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Practice Areas:
    Railroad Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Railroad Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Railroad Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Railroad Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Railroad Law Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Lafayette, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Railroad Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Transportation Law Railroad Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Lafayette, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Railroad Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Practice Areas:
    Railroad Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Huntington, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Insurance Law Railroad Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1987
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Railroad Law Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation - Banking and Finance Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Securities Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Antitrust Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Railroad Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Augusta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Railroad Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Mandeville, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Railroad Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Railroad Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1995
  • Location:
    Cleveland, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Railroad Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    St. Louis, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Railroad Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Louisville, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Railroad Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Insurance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    Fort Worth, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Railroad Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Augusta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Commercial Litigation Litigation - Environmental Railroad Law Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Railroad Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    Barnwell, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) Railroad Law Consumer Protection Law Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Buffalo, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law Commercial Litigation Railroad Law Litigation - Labor and Employment Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Railroad Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Morgantown, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Railroad Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1997
  • Location:
    Mandeville, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Railroad Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Glen Allen, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Transportation Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Railroad Law Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Railroad Law Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Railroad Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Railroad Law Litigation - Environmental Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Environmental Law Oil and Gas Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Railroad Law Oil and Gas Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Railroad Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Railroad Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Huntington, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Railroad Law Transportation Law Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Employment Law - Management Railroad Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2001
  • Location:
    Greenville, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Commercial Litigation Railroad Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Augusta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Family Law Litigation - Insurance Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Railroad Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Huntington, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Banking and Finance Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice Litigation - Environmental Railroad Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Transportation Law Railroad Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Greenville, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Railroad Law Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Commercial Litigation

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Practice Area Definition

Railroad Law Definition

The major (“Class I”) railroads in the United States, of which there are fewer than ten, and the multitude of regional (“Class II”) and short line (“Class III”) railroads consume types of legal services that might be needed by any business enterprise, e.g. real estate, environmental, government relations, or property law. Depending on facts and circumstances, they also can be subject to administrative worker compensation systems such as state worker’s compensation programs, the federal Black Lung Benefits Act, or the federal Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act.

However, particular to railroads, therefore properly thought of as “Railroad Law,” is litigation in two areas of law: highway/railroad grade crossing litigation and occupational injury litigation under the Federal Employer's Liability Act (FELA), 45 U.S.C. §51, et seq.

Intersections between railroad traffic and highway traffic exist all over the country and are frequently the scene of collisions that result in serious personal injury and property damage, and commensurate litigation. Various provisions of state and federal law along with principles of physics, acoustics, and semiotics affect grade crossing litigation that make it an area of specialization.

A railroad whose business activity affects interstate commerce can be sued under the FELA by its employees who suffer injury from work that is performed in furtherance of interstate commerce. Effectively, this includes most railroads and all of their employees. Claims under the FELA are brought in lieu of claims under state workers’ compensation systems. The types of injuries for which railroads are sued under the FELA include “traumatic” injuries that occur from one or a few incidents and occupational diseases that are claimed to result from a long series of exposures to the disease-causing activity or substance. The FELA has been in effect for more than 100 years, and a specialized body of law has grown up around litigation under the Act.

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The major (“Class I”) railroads in the United States, of which there are fewer than ten, and the multitude of regional (“Class II”) and short line (“Class III”) railroads consume types of legal services that might be needed by any business enterprise, e.g. real estate, environmental, government relations, or property law. Depending on facts and circumstances, they also can be subject to administrative worker compensation systems such as state worker’s compensation programs, the federal Black Lung Benefits Act, or the federal Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act.

However, particular to railroads, therefore properly thought of as “Railroad Law,” is litigation in two areas of law: highway/railroad grade crossing litigation and occupational injury litigation under the Federal Employer's Liability Act (FELA), 45 U.S.C. §51, et seq.

Intersections between railroad traffic and highway traffic exist all over the country and are frequently the scene of collisions that result in serious personal injury and property damage, and commensurate litigation. Various provisions of state and federal law along with principles of physics, acoustics, and semiotics affect grade crossing litigation that make it an area of specialization.

A railroad whose business activity affects interstate commerce can be sued under the FELA by its employees who suffer injury from work that is performed in furtherance of interstate commerce. Effectively, this includes most railroads and all of their employees. Claims under the FELA are brought in lieu of claims under state workers’ compensation systems. The types of injuries for which railroads are sued under the FELA include “traumatic” injuries that occur from one or a few incidents and occupational diseases that are claimed to result from a long series of exposures to the disease-causing activity or substance. The FELA has been in effect for more than 100 years, and a specialized body of law has grown up around litigation under the Act.